Thank you David Bowie. Goodbye Starman
I found out about David Bowie’s death through the trending subject on Facebook and Twitter on Monday. It made me think about the ways we used to get our news and how we used to communicate and how much more meaningful relationships were in a decade or so ago. We found about these things on the radio or on TV on the news.
Watched a clip on his thoughts on the internet and how that would change the dynamics of art and audience, that grey area we now know as the internet that connects us and everything in between.
Tributes are still pouring out over social media five days after. Like most growing up in the 1980s, he wasn’t a music legend or anything I looked up to – he was on TV and playing on the radio in the background. I wouldn’t consider myself a massive fan, but am so so grateful for the pervasive influence he had on our youth and the times we were trying so hard, looking for ourselves.
Then as I got older and not till his last album in 2013 after a long hiatus, I started to “get” David Bowie as an adult and words that probably meant nothing before in my youth, but weigh heavy. One of my favourite songs from the album.
As my friend Nalis put so aptly in her recent Facebook status update:
“But see a line like this, “the moment you know, you know you know,” it didn’t exist until David Bowie wrote it, and then he did, and it felt like it had been around forever.”
And what a creepy, but beautiful music video to accompany the tunes.
The tributes are still pouring in this week. So many beautiful obituaries written. I was never a gamer and didn’t realise how far ahead of the curve he was – music videos in computer games nearly two decades ago and today virtual reality is just taking off in 2016! And this mindblowing collaboration “Under Pressure” with Freddie Mercury.
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